Authorities shut down and issued warnings to around 5,000 factories and vocational workshops in July for breaching health and environment regulations, a government official said on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Environment and the Rangers issued 4,910 tickets last month to industrial, vocational and service institutions and facilities, and closed down 65 factories for failing to rectify their status within the grace period, the Environment Ministry’s spokesperson, Isa Shboul, said.
“A total of 2,552 tickets were issued to food outlets during July, which coincided with the start of the holy month of Ramadan, after inspectors discovered health and environment violations,” Shboul told The Jordan Times in a phone interview.
“The majority of the violations were registered in the capital and main governorates, such as Zarqa,” he noted.
In addition, some 435 vocational workshops were fined for operating without a licence, Shboul said, urging their owners to apply to the ministry’s central licensing committee.
Granting licences to vocational workshops is a way to regulate their random distribution , he noted, stressing the need to mitigate their impact on residential areas and agricultural lands.
Also last month, the ministry and the Rangers issued 1,225 tickets to factories and vehicles for emitting excessive amounts of fumes, according to Shboul, who noted that authorities are pressing on with their crackdown on the use of untreated organic fertilisers in the Jordan Valley.
“The ministry and the Rangers seized and confiscated 59 tonnes of untreated organic fertilisers in the Jordan Valley last month,” he added.
Jordan Valley farmers have long used untreated organic fertilisers, which attract domestic flies due to their high percentage of moisture.
In August 2009, the ministry instituted a crackdown on the use of organic fertilisers in the Jordan Valley, while in 2008, major poultry and livestock farms were required to establish treatment plants to sterilise animal waste generated by their facilities in order to address the problem of domestic flies.
Shboul said that the remaining violations were registered for illegal logging, littering, disposal of debris and wastewater in undesignated areas, and raising poultry and cattle in residential areas.